The Orioles and their opponents over the weekend, the New York Yankees, have two of the most deadly backends of the bullpen in baseball and both got their chance to put them on display in this series.
Game One: Orioles: 6, Yankees: 5
In the series opener, the O’s sent Chris Tillman to the mound, who pitch well up until the fourth inning. In that inning, Tillman allowed two home runs to both Carlos Beltran and Alex Rodriguez, allowing the Yankees to take a 3-1 lead at the time.
Chris Davis answered back in the bottom of the inning with a home run of his very own, making it a one run game. That would not last though as Austin Romine would hit a home run in the top of the fifth, making it a 4-2 game. Chase Headley would later get an RBI single in the sixth inning.
Tillman on the night went 5 2/3 innings allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out five and walking two; his worst start of the season.
In the bottom of the sixth, however, the Orioles would start to mount a comeback. Matt Wieters would get an RBI single, scoring Hyun Soo Kim and Chris Davis, making it a 5-4 game. That would be followed by a Jonathan Schoop double to score Mark Trumbo and tie the game up at five.
In the bottom of the seventh, off Dellin Betances, Manny Machado would get an infield hit allowing Adam Jones to score to give the Orioles a 6-5 lead. The inning was started by back-to-back singles by Jones and Hyun Soo Kim, who had three hits in the game, to set up the RBI opportunity for Machado.
Game Two: Yankees: 8, Orioles: 6
The middle game of the three game series between these two teams would offer more pleasantries for the Yankees.
By the sixth inning, the Yankees had a 7-0 and it is pretty marvelous that the Orioles were able to get six runs in the bottom of the seventh to make it a one run game at the time.
Tyler Wilson got the start for the O’s and struggled a good amount. Wilson only went four innings allowing five runs on eight hits and was able to only get one strikeout but did allow no walks, which really did not matter anyway.
Speaking of that comeback by the O’s, it was in part thanks to three home runs (I know, shocker) by Mark Trumbo, Pedro Alvarez and Adam Jones to bring the Orioles within one run.
The high of that comeback would last until the top of the ninth when Alex Rodriguez would get an RBI single off Vance Worley to make it an 8-6 game.
Game Three: Orioles: 3, Yankees: 1
The lowest scoring contest of the series easily brought the most drama. The Orioles sent out Kevin Gausman to try and get his first win of the season but unfortunately for him, the Orioles’ bats did not get the memo.
Gausman pitched very well, going six innings allowing one run on seven hits while striking out five and walking only two. The lone run he allowed came in the top of the third when Alex Rodriguez got an RBI single, scoring Jacoby Ellsbury.
Things were very quiet up until the bottom of the eighth when a big storm moved in, leading the Yankees to try and slow down the pace of the game as much as possible to put a halt in the Orioles rally at the time.
It ended up working in the Yankees favor as the game headed to a rain delay with two on and one out for the Orioles.
Play would resume with Aroldis Chapman coming in to pitch for Dellin Betances. Chapman started off the inning with striking out Jonathan Schoop on some pretty nasty pitches. The strikeout was followed by a single to right field by Francisco Pena, loading the bases for pinch hitter Matt Wieters.
Wieters was able to get a single up the middle off a 101 MPH Chapman fastball, scoring three thanks to a throwing error by Jacoby Ellsbury.
Zach Britton would come in for the top of the ninth, shutting the door on the Yankees by getting Aaron Hicks, Jacoby Ellsbury and pinch hitter Carlos Beltran out in a row to solidify the win and the series win.
All three of these games offered comebacks in some form by the Orioles, which I am a big fan of. It shows their willingness to not quit just because they are down in the late innings; something many Orioles fans saw during the dark days of the franchise. I am very happy with how this series played out, especially coming out with a series win.
The Orioles will now prepare to face the Kansas City Royals who will make their first and only trip to Camden Yards this season. Mike Wright and Danny Duffy are scheduled to go in game one with Ubaldo Jimenez facing off against Yordano Ventura in game two and Chris Tillman closing out the series against Edinson Volquez.
Following this series, the Orioles will head on the road for a seven game road trip in which they will face the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox.